Lakshmi is of the Vaishnavism tradition, while Ganesha of the Shaivism tradition of Hinduism. The evening party is a welcomed excuse for family and friends to come together, enjoy a varied and plentiful selection of flavoursome Indian dishes and dance the night away.
From darkness unto light—the light empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds and brings us closer to divinity. Moreover, the date in which Diwali is celebrated may vary depending on locations and calendar interpretations.
The goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also figures into the celebration. This coming October I am due to start my teaching assistantship in Sicily and my flight home for 3rd November is already booked, although this year that date holds a dual importance, not only is it Diwali but it is also my 21st Birthday!
The Jain Diwali celebrated in many parts of India has similar practices to the Hindu Diwali, such as the lighting of lamps and the offering of prayers to Lakshmi.
The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. Background Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar incarnation of the god Vishnu.
When the heart has considerably hardened, only a continuous celebration of Deepavali can rekindle the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred. It is believed that she roams the Earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright. Coming from a mixed heritage, my parents have always ensured that we celebrate both English and Indian festivals which not only means that we receive double the amount of presents but also feel a sense of belonging to both cultures.
Give and forgive.
It is an opportunity to cultivate and enjoy eternal bliss. Unite and unify.